What Is A Water Softener?
People might not be aware on how a water softener actually works. The water softener works by allowing hard water that is full of mineral get in while in return, soft and clean water with no aftertaste will come out.
The presence of a water softener will help avoid scales on sinks, pipes, and other metal, spots on appliances and dishes, clogged water heaters, and also will help improve the cleaning ability of the water. That is the main reason why there are many people who are curious on how a water softener device actually works. The water softener device makes sure that the big amount of water that a person will go through everyday is way more easier to deal with.
The water softener unit uses a method that is called ion exchange in order to remove the minerals which are dissolved in the hard water, making sure that a cleaner water with no aftertaste is produced. The presence of minerals in water can be a problem to many, these minerals that can be harmful are magnesium, sulfur, calcium, and iron.
There are a lot of small plastic beads or a matrix that can be found on a water softener unit that are called a zeolite. Ions of sodium consists the covers of these zeolites. The sodium will take that place of the harmful minerals in the water every time the water will pass through the zeolite or the small plastic beads in the water softener unit. This process will help remove the minerals that are harmful from the water and will replace it with sodium. So eventually the zeolite or the small plastic beads will run out of sodium ions and these zeolites will need be regenerated.
An important factor on the actual work of a water softener is the idea of regeneration. You can regenerate back the sodium ions of the zeolite by soaking the small plastic beads in a solution that contains sodium ions. Strong brine made up of common household salt can be a solution used to regenerate the sodium ions on the zeolites or the small plastic beads f the water softener unit. You can flush out the mineral residue and the remaining brine once the small plastic beads or the zeolites of the water softener unit will be regenerated. A lot of brine can be produced even from a single water softener unit if there will be a need to regenerate its zeolites or small plastic beads.
When using this method, you should know that there will be more salt present in the water being produced by the water softener unit. This will be a problem especially to those people who are in a low sodium diet.